Leadership is a complex art that requires a wide array of skills, from strategic thinking to
emotional intelligence. The most successful leaders have mastered these skills and have built
solid and productive teams.
Various studies show that hated leaders lose more than their beloved counterparts. However,
not all leaders are the same, and some may struggle to win the hearts and minds of their team
members. This article will explore three reasons why this happens and what leaders can do
First Reason: Customers Leave, and Sales Lower
The first reason why hated leaders lose more money is that their staff often fights back against
the customer, leading to a drop in sales.
Most Loved Workplace® studies have shown that companies with employees who love their
leaders are more committed to organizational values than those who do not. When team
members dislike their leader, they are less likely to feel motivated to provide excellent customer
service. It can lead to negative reviews, fewer repeat customers, and, ultimately, a decrease in
What to do: Leaders should build a positive company culture and engage with their staff. A
leader who listens to their team members and takes action based on their feedback can improve
morale and create a more positive work environment. When team members feel valued and
heard, they will provide excellent customer service, leading to higher sales and profits.
The second reason why hated leaders lose is that staff members quietly quit their job, leading to
decreased productivity and increased recruitment costs. Team members must respect their
leader to be more likely to go above and beyond.
It can lead to social loafing, where team members put in less effort when working in a group. In
extreme cases, staff members may quit altogether, leading to costly recruitment and training
At Most Loved Workplace®, we stress the importance of employee engagement. Engaged
employees produce more and are more committed, resulting in increased profitability for the
organization. To prevent staff from becoming social loafers, leaders must work to build positive
relationships with their team members and create a supportive work environment.
What to do: Leaders should build strong relationships with their team members and create a
sense of purpose and engagement. When team members feel connected to their work and
believe in the company’s mission, they are likelier to put in extra effort and work collaboratively
with their colleagues. Leaders who take the time to recognize and reward outstanding
performance can also improve morale and reduce the risk of social loafing.
Third Reason: Hurts Leaders’ Health, Well-Being, and Vision of the Company
The third reason why hated leaders lose more is that it can harm their health, well-being, and
Being hated by your team members can lead to stress, anxiety, and depression, impacting a
leader’s ability to make strategic decisions and effectively manage their team. Research has
shown that leaders who experience high-anxiety-provoking stress levels are more likely to make
poor decisions that negatively impact their company’s bottom line.
What to do: Leaders should focus on their well-being and seek support when necessary. It may
involve working with a coach or therapist to develop coping strategies and manage stress
levels. Leaders who prioritize self-care and make time for activities that bring them joy and
fulfillment are likelier to make strategic decisions that benefit their company in the long run.
Hated leaders lose through decreased sales, loss of productivity, increased recruitment costs,
and negative impacts on the leader’s health and well-being. Leaders can, however, improve
their relationships with their team members, build a positive company culture, and prioritize their
well-being. By becoming more mindful of their daily leadership practices, leaders can improve
morale, reduce the risk of social loafing, and make strategic decisions that benefit their